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The Census asks questions about language use at home to locate groups of people who speak a language other than English. Their isolation or integration into a primarily English speaking community can be determined by their ability to speak English proficiently.

Language Spoken at Home, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Only English 2,243 95.04% 2,957 90.96%
Spanish 53 2.25% 120 3.69%
Other Indo-European* 50 2.12% 103 3.17%
Asian Language** 14 0.59% 34 1.05%
Other 0 0.00% 37 1.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 2,360 100.00% 3,251 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 16 13.33%
Other Indo-European* 15 14.56%
Asian Language** 14 41.18%
Other Language 11 29.73%
Total 56 1.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11 20.75%
Other Indo-European* 9 18.00%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 20 0.85%

* "Other Indo-European" excludes English and Spanish. "Indo-European" is not synonymous with "European." French, German, Hindi, and Persian are all classified as Indo-European. Hungarian, on the other hand, is lumped into "Other Language."

** "Asian Language" includes languages indigenous to Asia and Pacific islands areas that are not also Indo-European languages. Chinese, Japanese, Telugu, and Hawaiian are all classified here.

Also note that ability to speak English "very well" is based on the self-assessment of those responding to Census questions, not on a test of language ability.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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